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Floating Hardwood Floors: A Classic Look Innovated

Posted: Monday, October 05, 2009

Flooring installation is usually dependant on the sub-floor that a homeowner has to work with. Some flooring types need a clean surface in order to use glue to adhere the floor to the ground. A concrete sub-floor, such as one that might be found in a basement, can’t have a floor nailed or stapled down on top of it.


In light of this limitation, many types of laminate flooring are manufactured in planks with a 'snap together' design that can be laid down on any surface. Hardwood floors now have this advantage as well.


Hardwood Flooring Construction


A floating hardwood floor is made in layers with a plywood or engineered wood core that has a hardwood veneer. Individual planks are glued to each other or have lips to snap them together. The floor is laid on a layer of foam padding and does not require nails, staples, or glue to hold the floor down.


The Benefits Of A Floating Hardwood Floor


The big benefit here is that there is no need to attach the floor surface to the sub-floor. This allows a hardwood flooring installation in places where a homeowner could not typically do so. The planks can expand and contract individually so that they may be put in areas with high humidify or moisture. They can also be placed over an existing flooring type, saving a time-consuming removal of the previous floor and the preparation of the sub-floor surface.


Ultimately, a floating hardwood floor combines an easy installation with the classic, elegant look of genuine hardwoods.